Lottery cash to buy ancient woodland

left Chris Grice, Forestry Commission Woodland officer and Roy Mosley, of the Sheffield Wildlife Trust checking on bird life in Greno Woods, Sheffield ' Story Martin Slack Picture by Chris Lawton'1st Feb 2012

left Chris Grice, Forestry Commission Woodland officer and Roy Mosley, of the Sheffield Wildlife Trust checking on bird life in Greno Woods, Sheffield ' Story Martin Slack Picture by Chris Lawton'1st Feb 2012

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Wildlife workers are celebrating after Lottery cash was awarded to a project set up to manage a Sheffield woodland.

The Heritage Lottery Fund has given £277,400 to the Wildlife Trust for Sheffield and Rotherham to buy the final 26 hectares of Greno Woods, which the trust is managing.

Liz Ballard, trust chief executive, said: “With this money in place, we are now confident we can secure the future of this magnificent woodland habitat, protect the wildlife within it and hopefully encourage new and varied species to move in.”

The project is aimed at promoting the sustainable use of woodlands and engaging people in woodland crafts. It also aims to restore areas of ancient woodland and increase the quality of wildlife habitats.

Fiona Spiers, from the Heritage Lottery Fund, said: “Greno Woods is a special place which is well-loved by the local community.”

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